Anti-Asian Violence Statement & Call for Solidarity
March 17, 2021
OHIO’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion Condemns Ongoing Anti-Asian Violence, Calls for Solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
Ohio University condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the unrelenting violence escalating against Asian communities. We also call for stronger solidarity with Asian women whose risk to become targeted and attacked is highest.
Most recently, on Tuesday, March 16, a gunman went on a brazen rampage in the Atlanta region, killing eight people in three different spas. Six of the eight people murdered were Asian women. A series of violent crimes against Asians and Asian Americans earlier this year has increased concerns for increased attacks on the Asian community.
According to research by the reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate, almost 3,800 bias incidents were recorded over the course of a year, up significantly compared to the previous year.
The US has a long history of anti-Asian discrimination, two examples being the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the internment of Japanese people during World War II. And yet, anti-Asian racism continues to be less visible to many, in part because of the relentless myth of the “Model Minority” that implies that all Asian Americans belong to one monolithic group (quiet, hard-working, affluent), obscuring the persistence of anti-Asian racism and other social problems.
Today, we call on all Bobcats to denounce anti-Asian discrimination in all its forms and to show solidarity with all affected by discrimination, racism, and sexism. Below are a few ways you can join us to show your solidarity.
What campus resources are available?
- Reach out to the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at email@example.com to find support and resources if you or someone you know experiences incidents of bias.
- Learn about the Core Trainings offered by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion to promote inclusivity and cultural awareness.
- Use social media and other platforms to stand against negative behaviors and statements.
- At OHIO, we believe that it is the responsibility of a bystander to use effective, active means of intervention to disrupt the harm from occurring or de-escalating a situation. To learn more about how to effectively intervene in these situations, please visit OHIO’s Bystander Intervention website.
- Reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) at (740) 593-1616 to be connected to counseling, support, and resources.
- Other offices that can provide support and resources include International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS), the Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP), and the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Don’t ignore identity-based discrimination and harassment. Students, faculty, and staff who believe they have witnessed or have been the target of bias, intolerance or discrimination may report an incident online to the Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC).
Where can I learn about the experiences and histories of Asian Americans?
- Self Evident: Asian American’s Stories is a podcast that aims to challenge assumptions about Asian Americans.
- Asian Americans from PBS is a five-part documentary series on the history of Asians in America.
- #AsianAmCovidStories is a YouTube documentary series exploring Asian Americans’ experiences and challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.
What are some advocacy organizations I can look into?
- South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
- The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
- The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
- Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund (SALDEF)
- Empowered Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
- Stop AAPI Hate
- Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)